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box in

Definition of box in

  1. :  to surround (someone or something) and make movement difficult <The other bicyclists boxed her in and she couldn't move ahead.> —usually used as (be) boxed in <We were boxed in and couldn't get out of our parking space.> —sometimes used figuratively <I feel boxed in by all these rules.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  an evergreen shrub or small tree (genus Buxus of the family Buxaceae, the box family) with opposite entire leaves and capsular fruits

    :  a widely cultivated shrub (B. sempervirens) used for hedges, borders, and topiary figures

  1. :  a rigid typically rectangular container with or without a cover : as

    :  an open cargo container of a vehicle

    :  coffin

  1. :  to enclose in or as if in a box

  1. :  a punch or slap especially on the ear

  1. :  to hit (as the ears) with the hand

    :  to engage in boxing with

    :  to fight with the fists :  engage in boxing

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of a yellow-green or bluish-gray color

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